The battle over using stars as the only metric to gauge future success will always rage, but when it comes to Nebraska‘s latest addition to the 2014 recruiting class, star-gazers should shelve their telescopes.
Nebraska’s flip of former Central Florida defensive end commitment Sedrick King – ranked as a three-star prospect by the 247Composite Index – addresses an area of severe need following former defensive end Avery Moss‘ one-year ban from campus.
The Big Red suffered a flip of their own at the position earlier this year when Darius Slade shunned Nebraska for Michigan State.
Couple Slade’s switch with last year’s dismissal of Ernest Suttles only months after signing his National Letter of Intent and the outside depth on the Huskers’ front four is thinning to DEFCON 1 levels.
What makes King an exception to the typical three-star career question mark is that not only was he considered good enough to warrant an offer from Louisville, but from George O’Leary, a fan of explosive players off the edge.
One of O’Leary’s policies worked in Nebraska’s favor as well. Should a Central Florida commit visit another school, they have their scholarship pulled. Such was the case with King.
Current Penn State defensive end commit Lloyd Tubman is scheduled to visit Lincoln the weekend of Jan. 31. Could the Huskers actually cause a recruit to shun James Franklin and add another badly-needed defensive end? Stay tuned.